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Full title Words from the Myths [permalink]
Language English
Authors Isaac Asimov (author) and William Barss (illustrator)
Publisher Signet Books
Category Language
Publication year 1969
Original publication year 1961
ISBN 978-0451166869 [Amazon, B&N, Abe, Powell's]
Pages 134
Synopsis

The book explains Greek mythology and its relationship to the English language in the form of its words ('chaos', 'cosmos', 'gigantic', 'atlas', 'ocean', 'Europe', 'cereal', 'phobia', 'demon', 'martial', 'vulcano', 'jovial', 'music', 'hygiene', 'siren', 'hubris', 'nemesis'). Asimov describes a lot of Greek mythology in-depth, but primarily for the purpose of explaining the origins and meanings of those words (and many others). He covers the titans, the Olympians, monsters, heroes and the siege of Troy.

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Structure [Toggle visibility]
  • Introduction
  • 1 The Beginning
  • 2 The Titans
  • 3 The Olympians
  • 4 The Children of Zeus
  • 5 Demigods and Monsters
  • 6 Tales of Men
  • 7 The Heroes
  • 8 The Siege of Troy
  • Epilogue
  • General Index
  • Mythological Index

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